IGG Interest Badge Brownie Guiding Traditions Option 17

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Find out what Brownies used to carry in their pockets (along with their smile) (Make a Brownie ‘Pocket’ Pack)


Small Ziplock bags
Roll of String
Safety Pins

For each Brownie:
White Card


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Brownie Pockets on the Brownie dresses were used to hold all sorts of useful stuff so the Brownie was ready and equipped for doing good turns at any time. This rhyme reminded

Brownies what should be kept in their pockets:
"Pencil, Paper, Piece of String
Clean White Hankies, and a safety pin"

A more modern version would be:
“Pencil, Paper, Piece of String
Clean Hankies, a plaster and a safety pin.”

Many carried coins in their pockets too – any idea why??

Make a Brownie ‘Pocket’ Pack. Give each Brownie a piece of card no bigger than quarter A4 size. On one side ask them to copy the above rhyme and on the other write their name. They can decorate this as they wish. Each Brownie can put this in a Ziplock bag with 2 tissues, a safety pin, a plaster, a pencil, a piece of paper and a piece of string long enough to go around the Brownie twice. The unit could provide these or alternatively challenge the Brownies to return next week with all the items on the list.

What would Brownies have used all these items for?
What would be the equivalent things be for the well-­‐equipped Brownie to carry nowadays?

GirlguidingDonaghcloney District, Co. Armagh Time Travel Challenge


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